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Why You Need a Shop Experienced in Import Auto Repair

auto repair st petersburg flOwning an import luxury vehicle can give you a huge confidence boost, as well as making your commute or travel enjoyable. To keep you on the road, you need to make sure that you get routine maintenance and address necessary repairs right away. It is important that you take your import car to a mechanic specializing in these vehicles. Here’s why.

Special Training

Import vehicles are designed much differently than domestic vehicles. That means that the average mechanic may not have the know-how to make repairs to your particular vehicle. Many people solve this problem by taking the car to the manufacturer for repair and maintenance, but this can be very costly. A mechanic with specialized training in import autos is best. Continue reading “Why You Need a Shop Experienced in Import Auto Repair”

How to Get an Accurate Estimate for Your Import Auto Repair

Your import auto is your baby, and your mechanic should want to take care of it and extend its life just as much as you do. When you start noticing something wrong with your import auto, your first inclination is probably to try to figure out the problem for yourself. Many people then take this information and call mechanics asking for estimates. These estimates may not be accurate. Even if you take your vehicle in for diagnostics, your estimate may be inaccurate.

No one wants to face hidden charges, extra fees, or additional issues found during the initial repair. Your repair estimate should be all-inclusive, taking into account any potential services that may also be needed.  Continue reading “How to Get an Accurate Estimate for Your Import Auto Repair”

What to Look for in an Import Auto Repair Shop

When you have an import vehicle, you have paid dearly for the prestige and peace of mind that comes with driving a well formed piece of machinery. Your import auto is your pride and joy, and you want anyone who touches it in any way to be trained and experienced in its repair and maintenance. Here is what you should look for when choosing an import auto repair shop.

Training

Some import makes require or recommend training and certification to work on their vehicles. It is important that the import auto repair shop you choose has trained mechanics with experience in working with your particular vehicle. Our mechanics are well-trained in the maintenance and repair of many different types of import autos, including but not limited to BMW, Audi, Honda, Jaguar, Mercedes, and Porsche.  Continue reading “What to Look for in an Import Auto Repair Shop”

Why You Should Service Your Transmission Before a Road Trip

When you are getting ready for a road trip, you want to make sure that your car is ready for the demands that you will be placing on it. There are a lot of things that should be checked before you head out on the road, including your tires, getting an oil change, and other basic maintenance. However, often overlooked is the transmission. Here is what you need to do before your road trip and why it is important.

Transmission Fluid Changes

Your transmission fluid helps the gears shift flawlessly. There is little that can ruin a good road trip than a jerky transmission. When your transmission fluid is old and the transmission begins to jerk, there is also the possibility that other transmission issues could arise while you are on your trip.  Continue reading “Why You Should Service Your Transmission Before a Road Trip”

Three Signs You Need to Consider Having Your Brakes Serviced

There are a lot of things that you need to do to keep your import auto running smoothly. Routine maintenance is an important part of owning such a vehicle. One system that should never be ignored is your brakes. Brakes need to be serviced regularly and occasionally replaced. Here are three signs you need to bring in your car for brake service.

Noises While Braking

If your brakes are making odd noises while you are braking, it is a sure sign that you need to have your brakes serviced and possibly replaced. Noises that brakes can make include grinding, squealing, or squeaking. As soon as you hear these sounds, bring your car in for a brake inspection. These sounds are signaling that there is something very wrong with your brakes, and they could fail if not serviced. Continue reading “Three Signs You Need to Consider Having Your Brakes Serviced”

Three Most Common Electrical System Problems in Import Autos

Your import auto’s electrical system is one of the most important to its operation. If the electrical system fails, the car will not start or continue to run. The electrical system must be working efficiently if the auto is going to be on the road for any length of time. Here are the three common components and how they can cause problems.

The Battery

The battery of your car is the beginning of its electrical system. The battery must hold a good charge in order for it to start the car efficiently. If the battery is too drained or causing issues, the car may not start at all. If the vehicle does start, it might stall out fairly quickly. While most of the power that runs the car comes from the alternator, the batter must be operating appropriately in order for the car to run. Continue reading “Three Most Common Electrical System Problems in Import Autos”

What Digital Inspections Mean for You and Your Import Auto

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering digital inspections when you bring us your import auto for repair or maintenance. Digital inspections make maintaining your import auto much easier and hassle free. If you want to get the best care for your import auto without taking too much time out of your busy day, our digital inspections are right for you.

Real Time Updates

When you bring your import auto to us for service, we will give you access to your digital inspection via an online platform that you can access using your smartphone. As your vehicle is inspected and maintenance concerns are identified, these items are checked off on the digital inspection so that you can see exactly what we found with your import auto. As repairs are made, you will be able to see the progress so that you know when you can pick up your vehicle. Continue reading “What Digital Inspections Mean for You and Your Import Auto”

The Three Systems of Your Import Auto to Service before a Road Trip

It is important to keep your import auto in good running condition at all times, but you want to be especially vigilant just before a road trip. While you have a mechanic you can trust here at home, you might be hard pressed to find one that deals with your specific import auto while you are on the road. To make sure that you are in good shape for your road trip, make sure you get your vehicle serviced for at least these three things before you go.

Brake System

You should make sure that your brakes are in good working condition and not likely to fail while you are gone. You should have a mechanic measure the depth left on brake pads, check the brake fluid, and make sure there are no leaks or other issues. Continue reading “The Three Systems of Your Import Auto to Service before a Road Trip”

Three Best Times for a Detailed Inspection of Your Import Vehicle

car maintenanceJB Import Auto is proud to offer detailed digital inspections for all of your import vehicles. The digital inspection allows you to get real-time updates about the condition of your vehicle, instantly approve maintenance or repairs, and know exactly what to expect from future maintenance requirements. Getting these inspections is important for keeping your car healthy and on the road. Here are three times when you should be getting a detailed inspection of your import vehicle.

On Purchase

Unless you bought your import vehicle brand new, as soon as you purchase it, you should get a detailed digital inspection. Even if you are familiar with these vehicles and are fairly certain it is in good condition, there is no substitute for having a professional look over the vehicle and address any potential issues. This will also give you an idea of what maintenance or repairs will be required in the near future so that you can budget accordingly. Continue reading “Three Best Times for a Detailed Inspection of Your Import Vehicle”

Why You Need an Inspection with Each Service

car maintenanceJB Import Auto performs a 57-point inspection any time you bring your import vehicle into our shop for service. Whether you are getting an oil change, brake update, or transmission repair, our technicians will examine every inch of your vehicle to make sure there are no additional problems. It is also a good idea to have your car inspected periodically, especially if you will be driving long distances. Here are some additional reasons you should have your car inspected periodically.

Small Problems Lead to Big Problems

Your import auto’s health is similar to your own. Small problems that are not addressed often lead to much bigger, more expensive problems. Just as you have an annual physical to maintain your own health, it is important to have routine inspections done on your import auto. The sooner problems are found and serviced, the less expensive and time consuming the repairs will be. Continue reading “Why You Need an Inspection with Each Service”